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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Maintenance Man

I accepted a job as a Maintenance Man at my mobile home park. Its a part time position.

I interviewed for the position 8 months ago. It was given to another man in the park that had more experience than I. I was not angry in any way towards this guy. I actually befriended him. I figured I could learn something from him.

My job is quite different every single day. I love it. Not doing repetitive things like filling stock, making copies, running a register or saying "do you have a rewards card?" "What can I help you find? or better yet, "It was my pleasure".

I have been in the customer service for over 25 years. Time for a change.

So on July 18th I accepted the job.

My boss is a great guy, he is easy going and easy to work for.

He hands me a paper to show me my salary and benefits, I get paid weekly, I get a nice salary, my lot rent is paid, my water bill is paid, my garbage is paid, my lawn care is paid, my electric is paid, I even get paid holidays and I read the meters once a month, I work Monday thru Friday 8am to 12pm.

Forced to resign

I was forced to resign from Staples. I have worked there for over 10 years. I just wanted to work weekends only for awhile. But the GM of the store, wanted me to give her a 30 day notice, before she would change my schedule.  So instead of continue to work for them. I was forced to put my two weeks notice in.

Alot has happened in the past two weeks. 

I have to clean the park from 8am to 9am. I go around the park picking up trash, emptying all trash cans, and clean the laundry room. At 9am I go to the office and pick up my work orders for the day. Normally at noon, I am sitting down for lunch.

I have met with 12 different contractors, such as, termite fumigation companies, handy men, painters, general contractors, plumbers and electricians.

I have replaced so far one water meter, changed two locks, put a new door on, replace a floor, sprayed 2 homes for nasty smells, rip out carpet in one unit, fixed a leaky roof, sold one home, cleaned out a storage unit, made sure our sub contractors are doing what they are supposed to be doing,  install a window blind. etc.

Tenants

For the past two years that I lived here, I only know a hand full of them. I am not a social butterfly. I dont like gossip. and I really dont like drama.

We have one tenant that drove through a puddle of water, that he could  avoided, but he chose to drive through it anyways, and flooded out his card and blew up his engine. He blames the park, but clearly its his fault. He has been on every social media that he could find to blame the park for his mistake.

One complained that the laundry machines went up a quarter. One complained that I was driving on her flowers. (I said um who are you?) One that complained that I gave her house roaches. LOL really I did that. omg what is wrong with people?

I am happy with my new position. Its hard work sometimes, but I am loving it.

Have a great day all,

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

DIY Solar Hot Water System

WASTED

Hot Water on Demand. I demand it and normally don't get it. I have an electric one, it works well, but it waste money, time and water.

How you ask? Well with my plumbing, it goes from the unit to my kitchen sink, which is about 50 feet.  I have to run the water to get the unit to produce hot water, I have to wait for all the cold water to leave the 50 feet and then wait for the hot water to reach me. Time wasted. Plus 50 feet of water down the drain, and add 50 feet of hot water in electric, and another 50 feet wasted hot water sitting in the line after I am done washing dishes.

YOUTUBE

I went on youtube and re-searched DIY Solar Hot Water Systems. I never found anything I could do on a small scale. Most of them out there are huge, which wont fit in my yard at all. I needed something small.

DREAMING HELPS

Thought about it for sometime. And it came to me in a dream.

I went to my local hardware and grocery stores the next day. Here is the list that I bought:

1. - 5 gallon bucket w/ sealing lid
2. - 50' white garden hose.
3. - 1 can of flat black paint
4. - 2 gallons of cooking oil


THE PROTOTYPE



Here are the steps:

1. Cut two holes as close to the top of the bucket.
2. Paint the bucket and lid with the Flat Black Paint. Let it dry.
3. Coil the hose in the bucket and put the ends through each holes.
4. Seal the gaps around the hoses.
5. Pour in the cooking oil.
6. Put the lid on
7. Hook up the hoses.
8. Turn on water
9. Wait and test the water.

HOW IT WORKS

The black paint on the bucket attracts the heat from the sun, it then transfers that heats to the oil, which then heats up the water in the hose.


TIME WILL TELL

I set this completely up in the early morning. I waited and waited. I thought I had made a dud. But as the day went on. I became excited.


High Noon

2:30 pm

4:30 pm


I left for work that day, I worked until 9:30 pm. Got home by 10 pm and needed to wash my hands. I turned on the hot water, and I still had very warm water. I am impressed with this.

It cost me all total $20 to make this. WoW I finally made something that works!!



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Friday, September 16, 2016

I am the Newest Admin on Gay & Bi Men Looking for Friends Facebook page.


I have been a member of this group for about 6 months. I enjoy the pictures and the conversations that goes on with the group. I've been making friends though this page.

A couple of weeks ago I saw this post in their page.



I thought about it for a few days and thought I could do this. I needed something else in my life.  I am always searching for a way to focus on something else other than my problems.

I contacted the founder of the group. His name is John.  We spoke online many times, and he wanted to talk to me via the phone. I gave him my number and we talked for over an hour. We have much in common.  John has become a very good friend. and I appreciate that so much.  We chat with each other every day. I enjoy our conversations. Its good to have someone that is new and gives me a new prospective on life.

After our conversation, he said I am going to add you as the new admin.



I have taken this position very serious. I have been adding things to the page, I even created a rules picture. Because I just dont think to many people read text these days. Where as a picture they will take the time to read it.


John has two pages. This one and the other one is LGBT Soldier and Veterans.  Between the two he has about 14,000 members. And they are growing all the time. Every day we have request to become new members.

I asked John if I was doing ok and he said....


I took this  as a huge complement.

_____________________

John thank you so very much for this opportunity. I am happier now than I have been in the last few months. Thank you for becoming my friend too.

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